Santa Maria de Belem - Lisbon

Hieronymites Monastery
Santa Maria de Belem, Lisboa – Lisbon - was barely destroyed in the great earthquake of 1755. Therefore some important places of interest have been preserved.

One is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - Hieronymites Monastery - where the sarcophagus of Vasco da Gama is next to the tombs of some Portuguese poets and kings. The building was completed after a hundred-year construction time in 1601 and today it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another UNESCO World Heritage is the - Torre de Belém - Tower of Belém. Built as a bastion it served later as a prison and arsenal. He is one of the landmarks of Lisbon. In the immediate vicinity are the - Padrão dos Descobrimentos – the Monument to the Discoveries- it is reminiscent of Portugal's glorious past as a seafaring nation and is the Cultural Centre of Belém.

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